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NEWS Anheuser-Busch to release purple and gold beer cans this fall, page 3.

HORNETS Writer Robert Stewart weighs the Hornets’ Tyson Chandler trade, page 5.

Saints fans discuss their expectations as the Saints begin training camp, page 5.



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Vincent to take over Jabour’s duties

Three’s Company University, Athletic Department, Tiger Athletic Foundation further financial partnership in face of tough economic times

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Proposal awaits August approval

Martin: students to see minimal effects

Alleva to become a Vice Chancellor

By Kyle Bove

By Kyle Bove

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Chancellor Michael Martin said in a broadcast e-mail sent Wednesday afternoon that duties held by the Vice Chancellor for University Relations position — axed last week because of budget cuts — will be carried out by Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent. Vincent will now run both Athletic Department External Relations and the larger University Relations unit, but Martin said the two units will not merge. Martin thanked Rusty Jabour, former Vice Chancellor for University Relations, for his “excellent service” to the University. On another subject, Martin said he is recommending to the Board of Supervisors that Athletic Director Joe Alleva’s title be changed to Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. This change will “more accurately reflect that the Athletic Department is a more fully integrated unit within LSU.” Alleva’s salary will not change, Martin said. Contact Kyle Bove at

By Andy Schwehm Contributing Writer

The University’s $19 million budget cut has left many students and alumni wondering why the Athletic Department has seemingly not been hit financially. The construction of two new stadiums and a basketball practice facility are part of the reason for that misconception. “Students who say we should take money from athletics need to understand that we do,” said Chancellor Mike Martin. “Athletics is the front

After surviving the 2009 legislative session with mere scratches — compared to the deep laceration expected — the University’s budget is awaiting Board of Supervisors approval in August. And although the budget is about $19 million less than last year, Chancellor Michael Martin has said the reduction will not affect the student experience at LSU. “It has always been our commitment to in whatever way possible minimize the effect on students,” Martin said. To keep that commitment, the administration has proposed plans to lay off or require some employees to take time off without pay. Those measures will go into effect if the Board approves the plans during their Aug. 27 meeting.

porch to the University, but I always remind people that a front porch is only as good as the house it’s attached too.” The University has always taken money from the Athletic Department and will be asking for more as a result of budget cuts, according to athletic director Joe Alleva and senior associate athletic director Herb Vincent. The Athletic Department gives 3 percent — an average of about $3.5 million over the past few years — of its budget to the University for adATHLETICS, see page 3 Daily Reveille file photo

THE LAYOFF PLAN The University plans to layoff 24 employees and eliminate 176 vacant job positions. But those numbers could grow in the near future. “As everything settles down and people start to implement budget cuts at the lowest level, more layoffs may come,” Martin said. BUDGET, see page 7

Other universities donate unused meals to charities LSU students use about 83 percent of plans By Steven Powell Contributing Writer

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Students explore their food options July 1 in the TigerLair in the Student Union.

With the economy struggling and charitable organizations such as food banks feeling the downturn, students at some universities have found ways to help. Students at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, created a “Skip a Meal” campaign to allow students to donate meals to local charity organizations, according to a

McMaster University new release. The program is organized by MAC Bread Bin, a campus organization devoted to helping underprivileged students with financial aid. “The recession has hit everybody hard, though some of those the hardest hit are community social programs and the people who use them,” Patrick Byrne, MAC Bread Bin Meal Exchange coordinator, said in the release. Other universities creating meal plan donation programs include the University of Pennsylvania and Bowling Green State University. David Heidke, LSU dining and conces-

sions director, said the University doesn’t have a program to donate unused meal plans. Heidke said meal plans are designed by the anticipated level of usage based on historical trends. He said past meal plan usage is built into the business model, to estimate a cost for the plan. “Take anyone of these meal plans and drive them up 100 percent, and it will drive up the cost of the plans to students,” he said. “In some ways, it’s a missed opportunity. We’re prepared for the number of students with meal plans to come dine with us each MEAL PLANS, see page 7





Iran to begin first trials of protesters

Alleged ‘jihadist’ known as friendly store owner

CAIRO (AP) — Iran’s leadership faced sharp criticism Wednesday from top clerics and even conservative supporters over prison abuses, including detainee deaths and the brutal beatings of protesters arrested in the post-election crackdown. In a move likely to anger the opposition, officials announced the first trials will begin Saturday, with the prosecution of around 20 protesters. They include some accused of sending images of the unrest to the media. Top pro-reform politicians will be tried later for allegedly ordering riots, officials said. The opposition has said detainees were tortured to extract false confessions for the courts. The bodies of several young protesters have been turned over to their families in recent weeks, all showing signs of beatings or other abuse while in custody, according to pro-opposition Web sites, citing accounts from relatives.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When someone in the Raleigh area needed a sheep or goat slaughtered according to Islamic law, Daniel Boyd was the man to see. “You find everything from halal meat and snacks to soft back prints of the Holy Quran in both English and Arabic,” read a notice on the Web for Boyd’s Blackstone Market in nearby Garner. There was even a place to worship in the back. Bosnian native Jasmin Smajic said he was drawn to the store by the halal goods. Instead he found a friend. “He would always ask people, his friends, if he can do a service for you,” says Smajic, 23, a student at North Carolina State University. “He would basically ask people if they needed any kind of help with anything ... whether that be advice, whether you’re struggling with money, need your faucet fixed — whatever it is. He was always very helpful.” So, like many

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STATE/LOCAL hereabouts, Smajic was shocked this week when federal officials accused Boyd of wanting to go abroad and slaughter in the name of Islam. A federal indictment unsealed this week says Boyd, 39, is a radicalized Muslim convert who went by the nickname Saifullah — “Sword of God” — and was putting together a team of extremists to wage “violent jihad” overseas. He was arrested Monday along with two of his sons — Zakariya, 20, and Dylan, 22 — and four other men. The indictment charges that Boyd and his sons traveled to Israel in July 2007 to meet with two of the other defendants but returned home “having failed in their attempt at violent jihad.” But the man described in the 14-page indictment is not the Daniel Patrick Boyd friends and neighbors in and around the Raleigh suburb of Willow Spring knew: the devoted Muslim who fasted during the holy month of Ramadan and prayed toward Mecca five times a day; the son of a Marine whose pickup was emblazoned with a “Support our Troops” bumper sticker; the friendly drywall contractor who waved at neighbors, and chatted about gardening and fishing.


Porn star mulling La. Senate race has tough week NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s been a tough week for porn actress Stormy Daniels — complete with a domestic violence charge and a car explosion — as she continues to mull a U.S. Senate bid that could make life uncomfortable for incumbent first-term Louisiana Republican David Vitter, still recovering from a sex scandal. Daniels was arrested Saturday on a domestic violence battery charge after she allegedly hit her husband at their home in Tampa, Fla., during a dispute about laundry and unpaid bills. Her arrest came two days after her political adviser in Louisiana, Brian Welsh, said his parked 1996 Audi may have been blown up by someone on July 23 outside his apartment in an upscale downtown area of New Orleans. “It’s something out of The Sopranos,” said Edward E. Chervenak, a professor of politics at the University of New Orleans. “Very weird.” In May, Daniels an-

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nounced that she was interested in a 2010 run for the Senate seat held by Vitter, whose family-values reputation was marred in 2007 when his name was linked to a Washington prostitution ring. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Gregory Clifford, has not officially declared herself a candidate, but has continued to express an interest. She has acknowledged that she hasn’t lived in Louisiana for years and would need to re-establish residency to run for Senate. The 30-year-old Louisiana native kicked off a second “listening tour” in early July. Daniels was arrested Saturday at 3:18 p.m. after her husband, Michael Mosny, reported that Daniels hit him several times, according to a Tampa Police Department report. Police said neither Mosny nor Daniels were injured. Mosny told police that Daniels was upset “about the way the clothes had been done” and then “got more upset about some bills that had not been paid,” the police report said. The police report said Daniels allegedly “threw a potted plant at the kitchen sink,” hit Mosny on the head several times and “threw their wedding album onto the floor and knocked candles off coffee table, breaking them.”

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New purple and gold Bud Light cans set for fall and gold products are seasonal. Sean Boudreaux, petroleum engineering senior, said he will likely buy these new cans for tailgating. “It’s cool that they can specialize in a region,” Boudreaux said. “They actually care and pay attention.” Lisa Lundy, mass communication assistant professor, said in an email to The Daily Reveille that the competition for products such as beer is so high that companies are seeking ways to differentiate their products. “Mockler Beverage is trying to strengthen brand loyalty for Bud Light among LSU supporters,” Lundy said. “This seems like a savvy way to do that. I imagine they are hoping when LSU fans fill up their cooler at the supermarket on the way to tailgate, they’ll choose Bud Light over its competitors because of the LSU tie.” But these cans are not officially affiliated with the University. “My understanding of the program is that it’s a corporate cam-

paign and the local distributors can sell the cans they want,” said Brian Hommel, director of Trademark Licensing. “Just because it’s purple and gold does not mean it’s approved by LSU. We didn’t sell [trademark] rights, we didn’t get money.” Hommel said Anheuser-Busch is coming out with a variety of color schemes that appeal to a wide range of fans. “To my knowledge, they have about 24 different color schemes they’re doing,” Hommel said. “They’re calling it Team Pride. They’re not calling it an LSU can. Places where the color schemes are popular, they’ll sell the cans. This is not just LSU.” Hommel said his department and the Collegiate Licensing Company are monitoring the situation for infringement issues. Hommel said Mockler Beverage Company does have a sponsorship relationship with LSU Athletics through the LSU sports properties. He said Mockler Bever-

letic Department’s ability to stay afloat during the economic storm is ministrative overhead in a normal the Tiger Athletic Foundation. The interplay between the Athyear. The department will be asked to give back 5 percent — about $6 letic Department, the University million — of its budget to the Uni- and the Tiger Athletic Foundation is versity in the fiscal year from July a tangled web that lends to the misconception that TAF is part of the 2009 to July 2010, Vincent said. This does not mean the Athletic other two entities. TAF was established in 1978 as Department is short on funding for its current projects, but it does have the Varsity Club — a public division less money to start future projects, of the LSU Athletic Department — as a way to raise funds as a support meaning delays are possible. “Some people are under the to the program under then-athletic impression that we are not affected director Paul Dietzel, according to at all,” Vincent said. “That’s just not Rick Perry, executive director of operations at TAF. the case.” Perry said the Varsity Club, LSU’s Athletic Department which was based makes money on a program Dietthrough ticket sales, ‘We would be zel had established parking fees and as athletic director television contracts, lost without at the University Alleva said. of Indiana, was The three [TAF]. They are replaced by Tigers sports that make a profit at the Uni- critical ... to achieve Unlimited in 1983 and became TAF versity are football, our objectives.’ in 1987. baseball and men’s Joe Alleva Perry worked basketball, with in the Athletic football making up LSU athletic director Department durthe majority of the ing these changes and joined TAF profit. “Football is the sport that sup- in 1987, shortly after it became a ports all the other sports,” Alleva private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, meaning it must make its said. The Athletic Department is one yearly federal income tax return of the few in the nation that takes no form public but may keep all other state money, charges no student fees financial records confidential. He and gives money back to the Uni- said there were a few reasons for the change to a private organization, versity, according to Alleva. Vincent said when the Uni- although he is not sure why the final versity raises fees and tuition, the decision was made. “In a lot of foundations, [privtiAthletic Department has to pay for the increase for the student-athletes zation] was the path they were takunder scholarship. That will amount ing,” he said. “The real growth was to nearly $500,000 in the 2009-10 when it became the Tiger Athletic Foundation. There was increased school year. “Going from 3 percent to 5 effort at that time to raise funds pripercent is going to cost us $2 mil- vately. It was the evolution of collion, so now we have $2.5 million lege athletics as a whole that led to we have to go to our budget to find,” it.” That misconception of TAF Vincent said. But ticket sales seem immune being one with the Athletic Departto economic woes. Alleva and Vin- ment isn’t a bad thing, Vincent said. “We want people to know when cent said football season tickets are still being renewed at more than a they are giving to TAF, they are supporting the Athletic Department, 95 percent rate each year. Part of the reason for the Ath- although TAF is a private organiza-

tion,” Vincent said. Thirty-one years later, TAF has grown to more than 30,000 members and has raised more than $50 million in purely philanthropic giving during the past eight years. In the 2007 calendar year — the latest available federal income tax return form — TAF made more than $26.3 million total, including philanthropic giving and money associated with ticket sales. The CEO of TAF is Maj. Gen. Ron Richard — or “The General” as he is known to his peers — a 1968 University graduate who served 33 years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a commanding general. He joined TAF in 2001 at a salary of $82,000 a year and made $252,000 in 2007. On September 8, 2002 The Advocate reported that TAF had 12,700 members. Roughly 1.3 percent of TAF members had given $100,000 lifetime and 76 percent had given less than $1,000 lifetime. Richard said now that TAF has grown, less than 1 percent have given $100,000 in their lifetime. “Our overarching mission is to ensure all of our student-athletes are provided the best of facilities and atmosphere so they can academically graduate and contribute to this great republic,” Richard said. Alleva said support from TAF is critical to LSU’s athletic success. “We would be lost without them,” Alleva said. “They are critical in us trying to achieve our objectives of winning championships and

Promotion draws mixed reactions By Mary Walker Baus Contributing Writer

With tailgating season just around the corner, LSU fans will have more to look forward to than just football. Anheuser-Busch is coming out with purple and gold Bud Light cans this fall as part of their Team Pride program. The Team Pride program has been supporting team spirit for three years in different regions across the country. “We also have a black and gold one for the [New Orleans] Saints and for Southern [University],” said Chris Davis, vice president of sales at Mockler Beverage Company, the local distributor. Melissa Martin, Winn-Dixie manager, said the grocery store on Burbank Drive will be carrying the cans this year. She said the purple

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age Company does have rights to utilize certain LSU trademarks, but that the cans are not part of their relationship with LSU Athletics. Roxanne Dill, mass communication instructor, said in an e-mail that as an LSU fan, she never likes to see “gimmicks” that encourage fans to drink alcohol. “I don’t think having purple and gold cans will boost team spirit,” Dill said. “Fans are loyal to the Tigers regardless of whether they drink or not.” Colin Farrell, finance senior, said he doesn’t think these purple and gold cans will tarnish the University’s image or make the University out to be a party school. “People will see that Bud Light has [the purple and gold cans], and they’ll think it’s cool,” Farrell said. “It shows that Budweiser loves LSU and LSU students love Budweiser.”

petroleum engineering senior

“It’s cool that they can specialize in a region. They actually care and pay attention.”

Colin Farrell

“It shows that Budweiser loves LSU, and LSU students love Budweiser.”

Sean Boudreaux

finance senior

Contact Mary Walker Baus at

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Saints report to training camp today for ’09 season come out and said that he is looking to take a starting position.” Perhaps the most divisive issue among Football season has officially started — the Black and Gold faithful is the future of running back Reggie Bush. at least in New Orleans. Bush enters his fourth NFL season afWhile LSU fans have another week to wait for fall practice to begin, the New Or- ter an injury-plagued 2008 and continually draws mixed reviews on his ability to carry leans Saints report to training camp today. The Saints enter the coming season fol- the load of an NFL back. “If he can stay healthy, lowing an 8-8 2008 season, I really think it is his year,” in which quarterback Drew Zuppardo said. “If you look Brees fell one completion at last year, before he got short of setting the NFL hurt, he led the league in all-time record for passoverall touchdowns.” ing yards in a season, but Bush and fellow tailback the team’s defense finished Pierre Thomas will have to No. 23 in the league in total carry the team’s ground game yards allowed and No. 26 in Peter Zuppardo in the Saints’ first full season points allowed per game. without team touchdown “The defense, man — English junior leader Deuce McAllister, it’s got to get better,” said Arnold Bueso, agricultural business senior. who was cut during the offseason. “Deuce was a great player, but it was al“Sean Payton is a real good offensive guy but most a distraction — everybody wanted him I don’t know about the defense.” Payton fired defensive coordinator Gary to play, but he didn’t,” said Jeremy Hardy, Gibbs and replaced him with former Jack- computer information systems junior. “Now sonville defensive coordinator Gregg Wil- I think they can focus on Pierre Thomas and liams after last season. The fourth-year head Reggie Bush getting most of the time.” The schedule doesn’t necessarily work coach even took a $250,000 pay cut to secure in the Saints’ favor, either. New Orleans Williams’ services. “I am expecting Gregg Williams to give will play five 2008 playoff teams — Miami, good leadership to our entire ‘D’ and more Philadelphia, the New York Giants, and diviimportantly our secondary,” said Peter Zup- sion rivals Carolina and Atlanta — as well as pardo, English junior. “The absence of lead- home dates with perennial contenders Dallas ership was quite clear last year since we lost and New England. “It works in our favor because the toughsix games by 18 points.” Perhaps the biggest factor Williams will est games are in the [Super]dome,” Zuphave to work around is the loss of starting de- pardo said. “Black and Gold Super Bowl — fensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith, 2010.” Camp begins Friday at 8:50 a.m. at the who were suspended four games each for breaking the NFL’s banned substance policy. team’s Metairie training facility and contin“We play the Lions and the Bills [in the ues until Sept. 1. first few weeks of the season] which may work in our favor,” Zuppardo said. “We also Contact David Helman at have a great backup [defensive end] by the name of Bobby McCray who has already

By David Helman Contributing Writer


‘[The schedule] works in our favor because the toughest games are in the [Super]dome.’

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Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees looks to pass Oct. 19 in Charlotte, N.C. against the Panthers.


Okafor trade will benefit Hornets in the long run

So the New Orleans Hornets finally got rid of Tyson Chandler. The Hornets actually made an offseason move Tuesday, trading the oftinjured center to the Charlotte Bobcats for center Emeka Okafor. Not exactly a blockbuster move, but at least the Bees finally did something. They’ve sat back and watched teams like the Lakers and Rockets pick up top free agents like Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza. A lot of fans are wondering if this move actually improved the Hornets. A verdict won’t really be reached until the season is a few months old. But for now, the Hornets actually made themselves better by virtue of the trade. But not by much. Okafor averaged 13.2 points per game last season and has a 14.0-points per game career average. It may not seem like much for a big man, but it

would be better than the average of any Hornet post player not named David West last season. Okafor has also shown some athleticism for his size, which could possibly jump start the Crescent City Connection, i.e. frequent alley-oops from Chris Paul to Okafor, and could help raise OkaROBERT STEWART for’s point total. Contributing Writer And Okafor has shown some durability the past two seasons, playing a full 82 games in 2007-08 and 2008-09 after dealing with injuries early in his career. Okafor isn’t exactly known for his offense anyway. He’s had the reputation of a shot blocker ever since he was a star on Connecticut’s national cham-

pionship team in 2004. He averaged 1.7 blocks per game last season in Charlotte in a full season, showing he can consistently block shots over the course of a long season. Let’s put that into perspective — Tyson Chandler averaged 1.24 per game, but that was only in 45 games. And if Okafor can even draw a little bit of attention in the post on the offensive end, it’ll open up West for what he does best — mid-range jump shots. So ultimately, the Hornets got better by acquiring Okafor. But this certainly won’t put them among the Western Conference’s elite. Okafor won’t give them enough to deal with the likes of Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan out West.

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Former Charlotte Bobcat Emeka Okafor posts up the Cavalier’s J.J. Hickson on Jan. 7 against Cleveland.

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trying to provide a quality experience for our student-athletes.” Richard said he is not worried about the long-term effects of the economic downturn. “The membership has stayed about the same,” he said. “The philanthropic giving has been prolonged … meaning that instead of giving x number of dollars over a three-year period, it is being given over a fouror five-year period.” FOCUS ON FACILITIES TAF has been instrumental in the building and renovation of the east and west sides of Tiger Stadium, the Cox Center, Mike the Tiger’s habitat, the football operations center, parts of Alex Box Stadium and the new basketball practice facility. Perry said the first project TAF took on outside of the projects they had in the past was the building of the University Club Golf Course and practice facility in 1998. That project was the first venture for which the University allowed a private entity to take on a project on its behalf on state funded land that would benefit the Athletic Department without the Athletic Department funding it with state bonds, as it had in the past, Perry said. Now it has become commonplace for the University to lease land to TAF for it to raise funds privately then build on the land before TAF hands it back to the University once the project is completed. Stephen Street Jr., Louisiana


inspector general, said his office has not received a complaint about this process. “If we got a complaint on it, we would go and investigate it,” Street said. Vincent said building some of the facilities in this manner expedites the process. “If LSU built it, then we would have to go through state bidding laws,” Vincent said. “[Having TAF build it] doesn’t require you to go through the same bidding laws as the state would. On the other hand,

TAF takes bids, but it expedites the process by doing it privately.”

MOVING ALONG TAF’s fundraising currently deals primarily with building athletic facilities, such as the new Alex Box Stadium and new Tiger Park, but the future may be different. Two years ago, TAF started to collect money for endowed scholarships for the student-athletes with a “pie in the sky” goal of $100 million, Alleva said. Richard said the campaign

has earned nearly $6.5 million so far and equated the scholarships to “cash money the Athletic Department saves.” These scholarships work by the Athletic Department putting a certain amount of money into an account to earn interest. During a year at a rate of 5 to 7 percent, $100 million could earn anywhere from $5 million to $7 million, which would cover the $7 million yearly cost of athletic scholarships the Athletic Department pays for per year. “That would be a big relief to

Thursday, JuLY 30, 2009 our budget,” Alleva said. “It’s going to take a long time. That would be something that the next athletic director after me would benefit from, but it will be a really good thing for the Athletic Department.”

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Thursday, JuLY 30, 2009 BUDGET, from page 1

The University will also not offer merit pay increases to employees this year — a measure being enforced throughout the entire LSU System. THE FURLOUGH PLAN A furlough is required unpaid time off for employees. Their salaries would be reduced by the percentage of time they are furloughed. Professional staff furloughs will begin Sept. 1 and classified staff furloughs will begin August 29 if the plan is approved. “The purpose of the furloughs is to minimize layoffs on the LSU campus,” Martin said. The reduction in work hours and furloughs will be differentiated based on annual salaries, Martin said. Professional employees — nonfaculty administrative employees — making less than $30,000 a year will not have to endure a furlough, while professional employees making between $30,000 and $74,999 will see a 2 percent salary reduction (a 35 work hour furlough). Professional staff making between $75,000 and $149,999 will see a 3 percent salary reduction (a 52 work hour furlough), and those making more than $150,000 will see a 4 percent salary reduction (a 69-hour work furlough) as well. Classified employees — civil service employees — making less than $30,000 a year will see no reduction in work hours. Classified employees making between $30,000 and $74,999 will see a 1.5-hour furlough for 20 biweekly pay periods and a 2.5-hour furlough for 2 pay periods. Classified staff making be-

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day, and know the cost associated with that.” Heidke said the University averages 83 percent usage on meal plans, which is higher than the national average of 60 percent. Though the University does not donate unused meal plans to charities, leftover food products and supplies at the end of a semester are donated to local food banks, Heidke said. Heidke said the subject of donating meal plans to charities is a reoccurring question. “This is not the first time we’ve been asked this question,” he said. “Just about every semester someone asks about a way to donate unused meal plans.” Chris Merritt, former University student, said the one semester he had a meal plan, he bought the cheapest plan and used all his meals with a week left in the semester. “I was trying to use them up — I bought meals for friends,” he said. “I figured, I paid for it, might as well use it.” Merritt said if the option was available, he would have donated his extra meals. Andrew Krontol, summer student, said he has four unused meals for the summer, but plans to use them by the time he leaves today. “After my exam, I’ll probably by dinner for friends in my class or load up on chips for the drive home,” he said. “I would be open to donating to a charity if the option was open.” While unused meal plans can’t be donated, there are other ways to use up the pre-paid meals.

tween $75,000 and $149,999 will see a 2.5 hour furlough for 20 biweekly pay periods and a 1-hour furlough for 2 pay periods. “Due to contractual obligations, faculty and other academic staff are urged to participate in the furlough on a voluntary basis,” Martin said in a broadcast e-mail. “For safety and security reasons, we are also requesting from Civil Service an exemption for Police Officers within the LSU Police Department and employees within the Student Health Center whose responsibilities include direct patient care.” The furlough plan would affect more than 1,000 employees. OTHER BUDGET EFFECTS The University’s proposed plan includes cutting the budget of academic units by an average of 3 percent and the budgets of non-academic units by an average of 5 percent. The cuts aren’t severe enough to force academic colleges and other departments to eliminate programs, but Martin is working with the Faculty and Staff senates to prepare for possible larger cuts down the road if Louisiana and the U.S. continue their economic struggle. Funding for ancillary programs like LSU Press and the LSU Museum of Art will be slashed by about $100,000 each as well. Tuition for the 2009-10 fiscal year was raised by 5 percent, and other fee increases are expected.

Contact Kyle Bove at Heidke said at the end of the semester, many students used leftover meals to buy food for friends and custodians. “There are other means students use to take advantage of everything they’ve paid for,” he said. “We just don’t have a program to donate unused meal plans.” Contact Steven Powell at






Thursday, JuLY 30, 2009

LSU-themed beer can could damage University’s image

Recently, Anheuser-Busch announced plans to make a special LSU-colored Bud Light can, which is scheduled to be released in time for this upcoming football season. So far the idea has received conflicting feedback from fans. While some fans appear to be pleased with the prospects of

a new purple and gold design, many realize the potential harm it could have if a few unruly fans act insensibly. By putting the LSU colors on beer cans, they argue, Bud Light is simply provoking the sort of bad behavior the University has been trying to reduce. Though the Bud Light logo

may just be a slick profiting scheme, it should also serve as a vivid reminder to students and graduates, alike, that their behavior is a direct representation of the University. As true fans of the University, all LSU supporters should aim to present the best possible example for our state and our academic

institution. There’s nothing wrong with displaying passion in the stands on the tailgating grounds or on the road. However, passionate support for our team should never be an excuse for illicit or unwelcoming behavior. Students should think of the can as a reminder that when they

hold a LSU colored beer in their hands, they are also responsible for upholding the integrity of the University.

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News media’s recent coverage shows laziness, bias

It’s hypocritical, it seems, for members of the media to begin blaming the media for, well, anything. It’s a “can’t beat ’em, join ’em” sort of mentality, everyone in the media is blaming the media for society’s problems, but no one is actually doing anything to fix them. This can be seen in a few cases recently. The Michael Jackson coverage is (still) unbelievably non-stop, yet it seems like most media outlets have attacked one another for their absurdity. Sarah Palin blames the media for stepping down, which has led to many media outlets hosting shows in which pundits argue about whether they are to blame for Palin’s resignation. It all sort of feels like an Onion story. Recently another story has dominated headlines and called for media outlets to choose sides and then complain when they’ve chosen sides. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. arrived home after an overseas flight to find his front door jammed. Wanting to

enter his house, he and his driver went around back and forced open the back door. A neighbor called the police and told them two men were breaking into the house, and the police responded by showing up and questioning the two black men who were now inside the house. The story gets a little hazy at this point. Some news outlets — traditionally liberal ones — have pushed Gates’s side of the story, claiming he calmly asked the officer, named Sgt. James Crowley, for his badge number. When refused, Gates became irate and was then arrested. Many are calling this a crime of racial profiling. And while there is no doubt racial The other story presented — traditionally by conservative outlets — is that Gates was angry from the get-go, essentially speaking down to the lowly officer who had no right to dare disturb the great Harvard professor. Supposedly, his anger got out of hand, and he was arrested. There is no possible way to tell which story is true. None.

Two people. Two stories. Two sides. No actual proof. Opinions abound, of course. I’m of the mind that Sgt. Crowely probably abused his power — is a 50-something year old man who walks with a cane really that big a threat — but not because of race. Instead, because he was a tired police officer at the end of a long day who didn’t feel like taking lip, and, with the powers that Travis Andrews come along Columnist with being a police officer, decided he didn’t have to. But these opinions don’t matter. What does matter is that news and opinions are clearly mixing in this instance. Reporting one side of any story is clearly poor news-reporting, but reporting one side of an explosive story is manipulation. And that is often what the media does.

It’s not hard to pull heartstrings on either side of this story, and the lines are pretty clearly drawn from the beginning. Liberals will take up the plight of Gates and the prejudice he faced. Conservatives will take up the side of the hard working cop just trying to do his job. And news media will do everything they can to make sure these sides are adhered to. It benefits Fox News to be conservative as much as it benefits them for NBC to be liberal. By keeping the lines drawn, two different products are being offered, and everyone will want to see both. Conservatives will want Fox to side with them but still want to see what all those crazy liberals are thinking and vice-versa. The problem lies in the fact that this isn’t news. This is lazy. This is for lazy Americans who don’t like to think for themselves. Which is a great number of Americans. But it becomes pretty hard to blame the average Joe for being manipulated by what is forced down his throat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The news

stations never stop, and for your average Jane who stops by the gym after work and hops on the elliptical machine in front a TV with Fox News or CNN playing, they invade our lives without us realizing it. This isn’t exactly a new point or a new concept. This won’t exactly change anytime soon. And certainly not because a college student wrote it in The Daily Reveille. But it is happening. And it is controlling opinion to some degree. The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist. The greatest trick the media ever played was convincing the world they’re the news. Travis Andrews is a 21-year-old English senior from Metairie.

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Spend the last part of your fading summer wisely The end of summer is approaching, and many students may secretly be happy about school starting up again soon. Summer provides some students with a lot of free time, which can soon turn to monotony around late July. A good way to kill three or four hours is a round of golf at the LSU golf course. It’s a mere two minutes away from campus, and not to expensive. If you are adept with the clubs, you have the option to play a quick nine holes or take your time with 18 holes. Or, if you’re like me — mak-

ing contact with the ball is a skill that evades me — you can drive the golf cart around for your friends. Some of my happiest memories are from when I tagged along with my dad or my boyfriend and his friends and spent a leisurely day at the LSU golf course. Plus, that grass feels so good under your bare feet. Try it. Along with waiting for school to start, most of us are waiting for football season. Next time you are in the stadium, or at any sporting event, say hi to the biggest supporter out


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there — Mike the mascot. Now, I have been scared of mascots and other giant furry creatures since my childhood, but Mike is a different story. When I was a freshman, my Ellen Zielinski friends and I Managing Editor had really good seats for most of the games — close to the tunnel where the players come out. Mike

was a frequent visitor to our section, and I always tried to avoid him until the day he came right up to me and put his arm around me. I quickly got over my fear, and have enjoyed his company ever since. Another important figure on campus you should try to greet is the SG president. You will likely go through a couple in your tenure at the University, but they are usually genuinely nice people who are —believe it or not — interested in what you have to say. And lastly, not to toot our own

EDITORIAL POLICIES & PROCEDURES The Daily Reveille (USPS 145-800) is written, edited and produced solely by students of Louisiana State University. The Daily Reveille is an independent entity within the Manship School of Mass Communication. Signed opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editor, paper or University. Letters submitted for publication should be sent via e-mail to or delivered to B-26 Hodges Hall. They must be 400 words or less. Letters must have a contact phone number so the opinion editor can verify the author. The phone number won’t be printed. The Daily Reveille reserves the right to edit letters and guest columns for space consideration without changing the original intent. The Daily Reveille also reserves the right to reject any letter without notification of the author. Writers must include their full names and phone numbers. The Daily Reveille’s editor-in-chief, hired every semester by the Louisiana State University Media Board, has final authority on all editorial decisions.

horn, but pick up a copy of the Reveille every once in a while. It will keep you up to date on University news, and at the very least, the crossword can keep you entertained during those less-than exciting classes. Ellen Zielinski is a 21-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”

Napoleon Bonaparte French political leader Aug. 15, 1769 — May 5, 1821



Thursday, JuLY 30, 2009



Increase in minimum wage hurts the little guy

It’s common knowledge among students in today’s dim job environment that perhaps graduation isn’t exactly a light at the end of the tunnel. For this reason, many students have opted to stay in school and work part-time until the economy resettles. But, unfortunately, many students may not have to wait until after graduation before finding themselves unemployed. On July 24, the federal minimum wage was raised for the third consecutive year from $6.55 to $7.25. Many students currently earning minimum wage welcomed the boost. But some experts fear the raise might only exacerbate the country’s spiraling unemployment. Economists estimate 300,000 out of the nearly 2.8 million workers earning minimum wage will lose their jobs due to the hike, according to the New York Times. Currently the official unemployment rate stands at 9.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. However, most economists argue actual unemployment lies between 15 and 20 percent. Furthermore, the present teenager unemployment rate is 24 percent. And unemployment among African-American teenag-

ers has spiraled above 40 percent, its worst levels since 1965. Labor statistics indicate 53 percent of minimum age earners are between the ages of 16 and 24. With the minimum wage rate on the rise yet again, forecasters warn it is very likely young Americans, specifically college students, will be forced to incur more debt by taking on additional student loans. It isn’t exactly breaking news that today’s economy is, to put it mildly, unstable. But as long as we rely on the same feeble-minded thinkers who overlooked this crisis, things aren’t likely to perk up anytime soon. In his 1946 magnum opus, “Economics in One Lesson,” libertarian economist and former New York Times columnist Henry Hazlitt gives perhaps the most succinct diagnosis for the innumerate fallacies that have infected economics for generations. “The Art of Economics,” Hazlitt writes, “consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.” This lesson has specific implications on minimum wage laws, which, when we trace the effects

throughout the entire economy, inevitably serve to increase unemployment and constrain overall economic productivity. Many of our problems, Hazlitt claims, stem from our myopic perspective of macroeconomics. As Hazlitt wisely explains, a worker’s wage merely reflects the price of his service. Consequently, a higher wage rate also represents an increased cost for producers, so the burden of Scott Burns paying higher Columnist wages is merely transferred to consumers when wages are artificially increased. Many times, however, higher prices might not be possible because they may force consumers to shift their spending to other industries or simply buy less, thereby reducing the demand for skilled workers. The end result, therefore, is higher unemployment, as some will benefit but many others will be thrown out of work altogether. In addition, minimum wage laws kill jobs by eliminating competition. Contrary to common mis-

perception that government legislation helps the “little guy,” minimum wage legislation will actually drive the small, marginal producers out of business to the benefit of large corporations. Over time, such legislation simply benefits the large companies by consolidating their monopolistic power and constructing higher barriers of entry for potential entrepreneurs. Hazlitt also shows how welfare programs designed to take care of the increased unemployment will potentially present a problem. For example, if we forbid people to work for $7 an hour and instead pay them to produce nothing for, say, $5 hourly, we create a situation where everyone is merely working for the difference between his wages and the amount of relief. As a result, production decreases, purchasing power diminishes, and real wealth across the entire economy declines precipitously. Politicians might claim this kind of legislation is aimed at protecting workers. But, in reality, it only creates a vicious circle of economic malaise, as increased minimum wage leads to increased unemployment, increased dependence on public welfare services,

higher inflation, reduced purchasing power and, finally, a stagnate and under-productive economy. Evidently, it takes an Ivy League scholar or a Nobel Prizewinning economist to overlook the fact a society cannot magically distribute more wealth than it has first created and produced. Real wages come out of individual production, not government decrees or fiat. Ultimately, the more technological advance and productivity there is, the more a workers services are worth to consumers, hence to employers, so the more they will get compensated. That’s precisely why financial policy should be directed, not to imposing more burdensome requirements on employers, but to advancing policies that encourage profits and capital investment that increase the overall productivity of workers. If not, students can get ready to take out additional federal loans, because the job market will be down for a long, long time. Scott Burns is a 20-year-old history and business junior from Baton Rouge. Contact Scott Burns at


Look forward to new Reveille features in August This summer has been a rollercoaster. For starters, it’s been far more stressful than I expected it to be. But as Jay Shelledy, director of student media, told me, it wouldn’t have been stressful if we didn’t care about making the best paper we could. The good news is I am very proud of the product we’ve given campus this summer. I hope the summer staff feels the same way, and I hope our readers have enjoyed our work — it was Jerit Roser a hell of a lot of Editor work. And while I feel this summer has been another solid step in a strong forward march The Daily Reveille has been on since even before my time at the paper, the future is all the more exciting. We’ve improved in a lot of ways and added several new features during the last few years, and readers should expect that to continue in the fall. Nicholas Persac will take over as editor next week, and I couldn’t have any more faith in another successor at this juncture in The Daily Reveille’s progress.

I’ll be sticking around as managing editor over content, and we’ll return as large a percentage of our staff from last year as I can remember for any recent fall semester. This will allow us to focus even more on those new features I mentioned. The first addition that comes to mind will be new “segment videos” on Think of these as mini-television shows visitors to our Web site can watch. Another big addition to will be an orientation page complete with stories relevant to incoming freshmen and transfer students. And this page will include a map of campus complete with pictures of each building. Readers can also expect our coverage of football to expand both online and in our print edition. So bookmark as your go-to page for all LSU football news. The entertainment section will undergo its own change this fall. Entertainment will now run on Thursdays instead of Mondays and Thursdays. The push will be for a higher quality to make up for the lower quantity of entertainment sections. And remember, we’ll be updating the Web site constantly.

All in all, I’d like to thank everyone for checking out The Daily Reveille and this summer and all the past editors and Reveille employees for putting Nick and myself in a position to succeed. I look forward to the opportu-

nity to work with Nick, and I hope all our readers are ready for the next step in the newspaper’s evolution. It should be a good one. And I strongly encourage everyone to stay tuned to lsureveille. com and pick up the next print edi-

tion (August 24) to keep up with the progress. I assure you it will be well worth your while. Contact Jerit Roser at






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3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath $1575/ Month Arlington Trace Condo 2405 Brightside on LSU Bus Route Parking for 3 Cars, All Appliances Included, Nice! Available for Lease Beginning Aug 1, Last One! 310.989.4453

Great Apartment Near Campus Need male roommate to share newly refurbished, nicely furnished apartment-2 bedrooms,1 bath, living room, dining room and all new full kitchen. Central AC and hard wood floors throughout. Rent averages $525 each including cable, utilities and high speed internet. Great view of LSU lakes, only 1 block away. Walk or bike to campus. No smoking/no pets. 225.938.1010 $425 All utilities included!!! Huge-3br-3bathinternet-cable-alarm-exclusive & safe area. Gate access-large fence-yard-washer-dryer-furnished house. 2 other male roommates 225.772.2506 Roomate Wanted! All utilities paid. Wireless internet. 4 BR, brand new house in Nicholson Lakes 3 miles south of LSU, with very nice furnishings in the common areas. 550 / month. (225) 933-8732. Female Roommate wanted Own bdrm and bath, $600+ deposit +1/3 electricity and internet. wanted now. Leigh’s Cove on Lee Drive 225.806.2135

Thursday, JuLY 30, 2009 HOUSE OFF HIGHLAND RD. Female needs two female roomates for 09-10 year. New house, built last year. Fabulous 3BR house off Highland, less than 1 mile from campus. Your own BR and Full Bath! $450/ mo each. Call Jim Talbot (225) 927-2114 ROOMmATE NEEDED Seeking roommate for 2BR/2.5B condo in Lake Beau Pre’. Only $550 plus utilities! Gated Community featuring luxury pool/ jacuzzi, game room, tennis courts, media room, gym, and only 2 miles from LSU. Email for more details roommate needed New home located I-12/Millerville ten minutes from LSU. 2 rooms available. Rent @ 550/month-includes all utilities. 225.278.7638 Roommate Needed Male grad seeking roommate to share 2BR/2.5B Lake Beau Pre Condo Only $575 ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED!! Gated, Pool, Gym, Tennis Court 225.247.0567 Roomate Needed to share 4BR 2B townhouse 1 mi. from campus. $500 dep $400mo/split utilities, covered parking 985.807.8400 M/F Roomate needed 3 bd/3.5ba Summer Grove on Brightside. $525/mo. Well furnished, new appliances, tile flooring, pool/clubhouse, gated. Move in as soon as you want. 225.229.0106

Personals The cute petite girl in econ 2030 with the red VW Jetta has a secret admirer :) I’m too shy to say hi, but if you are curious to find out who your admirer is email me at LOOKING FOR: Non-fratstar. A guy who really knows how to use his cargo pockets. A man who can describe himself with a cute graphic T. Gelled hair preferred. You can find me onstage at Reggies. Come by and buy me a Jager shot or shoot me an email. No summer love? Hopeless romantic looking for a cute girl who knows what she wants and likes to be treated well. If your idea of a nice night is a movie on the big screen and a bottle of wine, let me know. English Tutor needed in Summer or whole year. Undergraduate or graduate students in English Department a must. Salary negotiable. or 225.578.7621 Still seeking sugramama Sexy 22yo s/w/m looking for an attractive, adventurous cougar 25-42 years old. Do not be shy! I will make your dreams come true. Tell me about yourself when you take me out for lunch! hey! You always seem to be walking to your car as I am walking to class. Last week you actually waved at me (I think it was at me!). This has been going on for quite a few weeks, but we both get “surprised” looks on our faces every time we see each other. Say “Hey!” next time we pass. looking for my match to fill the little opening in the jumbeled sock drawer of my heart. White female who is into snake charming, chainsaws & sealing envelopes with hot wax. Seeking male companion with high ACT score, high cheekbones and high self esteem. No Weirdos PLEASE! LSU Guy Looking for love in all the wrong places. Finally decided to put this up here. I’m 22 going to graduate next May. I need a sweet girl who is content being herself. I like movies, going out to dinner, traveling, and of course LSU Football. girl needed for laundry and creation of tasty ice cream treats Seeking charitable, outdoor loving individual. Must love animals and the occasional hiking or camping trip. Drop me a message at SEARCHING 4 SOULMATE 20yo Asian guy seeking masculine guy 18-23 to date. Races open. I’m a sweetheart!





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The Daily Reveille - July 30, 2009  
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